The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that OHL alumnus Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction class of 2017.
Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame and John Davidson, Chairman of the Selection Committee, announced that seven individuals have been elected to Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Membership, five in the Player Category and two in the Builder Category. The vote took place at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
A native of Hamilton, Ont., Andreychuk played in over 1600 NHL regular season games in his more than 20 years in the NHL. After being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 Entry Draft, Andreychuk played 11 seasons with the Sabres before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he scored 50 goals in the 1993-94 season. By his retirement in 2006, he scored 640 regular season goals, while adding 698 assists.
The 6-foot-4, 225Ib. left-winger captained the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup championship in 2004 while also appearing in two NHL All-Star Games (1990, 1994). He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2009.
“When I look back I always think of hockey as a team game and it was never about me.” said Andreychuk.” As a player it is how we are taught and that makes this individual award even more unique.”
Andreychuk’s OHL playing career spanned parts of three seasons with the Oshawa Generals from 1980-83. He recorded 87 goals, 89 assists and 176 points over 148 regular season games, headlined by a 57-goal, 100-point season in 1982.
Andreychuk will join fellow CHL graduate Mark Recchi (Kamloops Blazers) as well as former Anaheim Ducks stars Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne and seven-time Canadian National Women’s Team gold medalist Danielle Goyette in the Player Category. University of Alberta Golden Bears coaching legend Clare Drake will join Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs in the Builder Category.
The 2017 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 13th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2017 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit hhof.com.
Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world. As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place, Toronto, Canada.